Workshop at TARQ | The Moving Art of Automatons

About the event
28 Jul 2018

TARQ and Papernautic are delighted to announce an automaton building workshop that ties in with the gallery's exhibition Waste Land, curated by Birgid Uccia. 

Date: Saturday, 28th July, 2018
Registration: 1:30 pm 
Time: 2 pm to 5:30 pm
Age group: 14 and above
(No Prior Knowledge of paper craft or automatons is required.)
Registration fee: Rs. 3500 + 18% GST
(Includes workshop materials, take-home kit & refreshments)


This workshop will be a fun and educational introduction to the art of the automaton, small, mechanical, hand-cranked devices which are some of the earliest examples of complex machines in history. Samir Bharadwaj will introduce these wonders of art and mechanics in a very simple and approachable way, using paper-based, recycled materials.

Through the course of the workshop, participants will be taken through assembling a pre-designed automaton toy, and will be taught three basic types of mechanisms and movements they can use in their own creations. This will be followed by guiding participants through the process of designing and executing their own unique animated automaton. 

By the end of this workshop participants will gain a good understanding of the basic mechanics and art of automatons and the confidence to continue experimenting with automaton creations of their own. Each participant will receive a take-home kit of materials and instructions, and two finished, or nearly finished, distinct automatons created and put together by them.

Note: All materials required for the workshop will be provided by TARQ and Papernautic. No prior knowledge of papercraft or automatons is required.


Papernautic is a creative studio centered on the idea of making papercraft more approachable, engaging and useful. We conceive new experiments and learning tools, to spread the wonder of paper art to new minds and fingers. Samir believes that crafts like origami and paper sculpture are a great, non-threatening, introduction to what ought to be a core human ideal: "Make something." Samir Bharadwaj has been an independent designer for 20 years and a visual artist for longer. He was taught how to make his first origami crane when he was 3 and no one's been able to get him to stop folding, cutting and sculpting paper since.